All Nokia smartphones will receive Android P updates, HMD promises

HMD Global is slowly becoming Nokia’s worthy successor and that’s not only because it launches smartphones wearing the brand of the Finnish company. The well-thought portfolio of products covering almost all price ranges and the support it offers customers is clearly part of a larger plan meant to take over the world.

Although some of the most interesting devices HMD launched until now were initially released in China, variations of those devices made it worldwide eventually. Hopefully, the same will happen with the recently unveiled Nokia X6.

During its #ChargedUp event, HMD Global …


Lenovo Z5 to be announced on June 5, promises 4TB internal storage, 45-day standby time

Lenovo Z5 may be one of the most exciting smartphones to make its way to the market in the first half of the year. The Chinese company teased its upcoming flagship in the last couple of weeks saying that the Z5 will offer four technological breakthroughs and hardware based on 18 patented technologies.

Earlier today, Lenovo’s VP confirmed the Z5 will be introduced on June 5. Furthermore, the smartphone is supposed to offer no less than 4TB of internal memory (yes, this is not a typo), and up to 45-day of standby time (also not a typo).

Not to mention that Lenovo says the Z5 will feature …

LG G7 ThinQ promises better photos through AI, and here's the difference

Artificial intelligence – is it the future of smartphone photography, or just a fad bound to fade away? We’re not quite sure yet, but LG is definitely optimistic about AI and its potential to bring the smartphone experience to the next level. 
The LG G7 ThinQ – the company’s latest flagship phone – comes with multiple AI-based tricks in its arsenal, and one of them is the AI CAM mode, accessible with a tap from within the camera app. What does it do? In a nutshell, AI CAM scans the frame for objects that it can recognize – from pets and people to food …

Google promises to bring iPhone X support for Inbox by Gmail soon

Using Inbox by Gmail on an iPhone X could prove to be quite a nightmare since the application does not feature support for Apple’s newest flagship. Unfortunately, Google has been focusing its attention on other apps with larger audiences like Gmail and Calendar, so Inbox by Gmail hasn’t been updated with iPhone X support.

However, that’s about to change if we are to believe the newest information provided by Wall Street Journal tech columnist David Pierce. According to him, Google plans to update Inbox by Gmail with iPhone X support soon, although we don’t how soon that might be.

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Essential Phone sequel to have a much better camera, company promises

The Essential Phone was a unique device until Apple launched the iPhone X, as many consider the first smartphone to have introduced the notch. Unfortunately, Essential’s phone had one major problem: the camera.

The dual camera simply failed to deliver, while the camera app was a total disaster at launch. Even though the latter has been consistently improved since the smartphone’s launch, people remain with the impression that the Essential Phone doesn’t offer the same level of quality when it comes to the camera as any other flagship available on the market.

The good news is Essential …

Instagram brings back GIPHY integration after the database promises to stop racial GIFs

Earlier this month, the discovery of a racial GIF sticker sourced from database GIPHY led Instagram and Snapchat to both remove GIPHY integration from their apps. Today, Instagram has decided to give GIPHY another chance after the latter did a thorough review of its GIF inventory four times, and found nothing offensive. GIPHY also will examine new GIFs before adding them to its library. Snapchat has nothing to announce yet about whether or not it will reinstate its GIPHY integration.

On January 24th, Instagram announced that it would be offering users access to GIPHY’s GIF stickers to use …

Samsung promises to enable FM radio for unlocked Galaxy S9 and S9+ in the US soon

Samsung announced early this year that it will enable FM Radio chips in its smartphones sold in the United States, and for the most part, it kept its promise. However, if you’ve bought the unlocked versions of the company’s latest flagships, the Galaxy S9 and S9+, then you’re out of luck.

Many customers who purchased the unlocked Galaxy S9/S9+ in the US aren’t able to access FM Radio on their devices, even though they should have it enabled.

Upon further investigation, it looks like the fault lies with Samsung, as the South Korean company forgot to add a certain API to the unlocked …

Alcatel reveals its 2018 smartphone lineup, promises immersive 18:9 display experience

Alcatel can’t miss a major tech event like CES (Consumer Electronics Show), even if the smartphone brand is not quite ready to introduce new products. However, a little bit of self-promotion and sneak peeks at what’s to come doesn’t hurt.

So, until the big reveal drops at MWC (Mobile World Congress) next month, the company confirmed its 2018 smartphone lineup will be split in three series: Alcatel 5, Alcatel 3 and Alcatel 1.

Alcatel 5 series will include “affordable premium tier” smartphones, which will offer features like face unlock, 18:9 full view displays …

2018 needs to be the year of private spaceflight companies fulfilling their past promises

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It’s time for private spaceflight to start making good on its promises. And in 2018, hopefully it will do just that.

From SpaceX’s long-promised first flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket to NASA’s plan to contract private companies to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station, 2018 should be the year when spaceflight companies start meeting many of their long-touted goals. 

“I’m looking forward to a lot of past promises becoming reality,” John Logsdon, professor emeritus of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, said in an interview.  Read more…

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